Prof Richard Blaikie

Director, The MacDiarmid Institute

University of Canterbury

Private Bag 4800
New Zealand
PH: +64 (3) 364-2867
Fax: +64 (3) 364-2761
Email: [email protected]


Richard Blaikie received the B.Sc. (Hons) degree from the University of Otago, New Zealand, in 1988 and the Ph.D. degree in physics from the University of Cambridge, U.K., in 1992. For one year, he was a visiting scientist at the Hitachi Cambridge Laboratory, investigating single-electron transport effects in semiconductor nanostructures. He returned to New Zealand in 1993, taking up a position in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Canterbury, where he continues as a Professor.

Blaikie is currently the Director of the MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology, a multi-institutional New Zealand Centre of Research Excellence. In 2005 was appointed by the Minister of Research, Science and Technology to serve on the Marsden Fund Council, which administers New Zealand’s investigator-initiated research fund, and he served as the chair of the Physical Sciences and Engineering panel until early 2008.

His principal research interests are the development of low cost nanolithography techniques using near field illumination, and the utilisation of sub-wavelength-structures at sub-mm and visible wavelengths. This applied electromagnetics research led to the award of the 2001 T.K. Sidey Medal of the Royal Society of New Zealand, and in 2005 he and colleague David Melville were the first to report experimental observation of the superlensing at optical wavelengths using thin silver films. His research interests also include polarisation modulation in optical communications systems, modelling of semiconductor device structures, and the application of nanofabrication techniques to new electronic, optical, chemical and biological devices.

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